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 for metric system
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Metric \Met"ric\ (m[e^]t"r[i^]k), a. [L. metricus, Gr. ?: cf. F.
     m['e]trique. See Meter rhythm.]
     1. Relating to measurement; involving, or proceeding by,
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Of or pertaining to the meter as a standard of
        measurement; of or pertaining to the decimal system of
        measurement of which a meter is the unit; as, the metric
        system; a metric measurement.
        [1913 Webster]
     Metric analysis (Chem.), analysis by volume; volumetric
     Metric system, See metric system in the vocabulary.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Metric system \Met"ric sys"tem\n.
     A system of weights and measures originating in France, the
     use of which is required by law in many countries, and
     permitted in many others, including the United States; the
     system is also called by its French name, Le Syst[`e]me
     International de Unit['e]s (abbreviated SI). The principal
     unit of length is the meter (see Meter). From this are
     formed the are, the liter, the stere, the gram, etc. These
     units, and others derived from them, are divided decimally,
     and larger units are formed from multiples by 10, 100, 1,000,
     and 10,000. The successive multiplies are designated by the
     prefixes, deka- (formerly deca-), hecto-, kilo-, and myria-
     (seldom used); successive parts by deci-, centi-, and milli-.
     The prefixes mega- and micro- are used to denote a multiple
     by one million, and the millionth part, respectively; giga-
     and nano- denote multiples of one billion (1,000,000,000) and
     one billionth, respectively. The prefix for one trillion
     (1012) is tera, and for one trillionth (10-12) is pico; for
     one quintillion (1015) peta, and for (10-15) (one
     quintillionth) femto; for (10-18) atto. See the words formed
     with these prefixes in the Vocabulary. For metric tables, see
     p. 1682.
     [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  metric system
      n 1: a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter
           and the kilogram and the second

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  28 Moby Thesaurus words for "metric system":
     appraisal, appraisement, approximation, assessment, assize,
     assizement, calculation, computation, correction, determination,
     estimate, estimation, evaluation, gauging, instrumentation,
     measure, measurement, measuring, mensuration, quantification,
     quantization, rating, survey, surveying, telemetering, telemetry,
     triangulation, valuation

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